ADAMS TWP — Mars’ Robby Carmody found out Thursday before school that he had been named 2017-18 Gatorade Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Not a bad way to start the day.
A senior guard, Carmody is averaging 32.2 points and 14.2 rebounds per game for the Planets, who recently won the first WPIAL title in program history.
Only one boys player per state is honored each season by Gatorade,
“This is really special and I am honored to be picked for it,” said Carmody.
“There’s a lot of great players across the state, especially out in Philadelphia,” said Mars coach and Robby’s father, Rob Carmody. “It’s neat to see this honor come to the western side of the state.”
The award also takes into account a player’s performance in the classroom, where Carmody, a University of Notre Dame recruit, carries a 4.0 grade-point average. He plans to major in business/finance in college.
Rob Carmody appreciates what his son has accomplished from two different points of view.
“The coach in me will point to this when it comes to the next generation of Mars basketball players and I will say, “Don’t tell me this can’t be done (at Mars),’ he said.
“But I’m more proud as a dad. All the hard work Robby has put in — the late nights, the early mornings before school, the workouts. People see the results on Tuesday and Friday nights, but I see everything he’s poured into basketball. He’s dedicated himself to it. This would not have happened without his sacrifices, the things most people don’t see.”
During Robby Carmody’s time on Mars’ varsity team, he has achieved both individual and team success. It was two years ago that he was a key contributor on a Planet squad that played in the state championship game in Hershey.
But when asked what is the most gratifying aspect of his scholastic career to date, he referred to the recent district title.
“Winning the WPIAL, the first one for Mars,” he answered. “That’s something I wanted to do since I was a kid.
“The last three years have gone by so fast, it’s crazy,” he added. “It’s hard to believe it’s almost over.”